Title - 'Status Quo: Pictures - Live at Montreux 2009'
Artist - Status Quo
Status Quo's Pictures: Live At Montreux 2009, a manufacture-on-demand only release, brings us one of England's longest-lasting rock’n’roll bands in full on twin guitar style.
Taking their Pictures tour onto the shores of Lake Geneva for a very special night of classic rock, this album was originally released on DVD in 2009 and Blu-ray in 2010, and features Quo going full power on 17 well-known songs.
Electrified by the twin Telecasters of guitarists Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, 'The Wanderer,' a song written by Ernie Maresca and originally recorded by Dion is first out their twin guitar guns. Next is the always popular, always fresh-sounding 'Caroline.' Complete with a new, extended opening, it keeps the crowd guessing as to its true origin for over two minutes!
The Parfitt-sung 'Rain' is next. A song released in 1976 it may well have been included on their album Blue for You, but it could easily be a brand new track it still sounds that fresh! A song taken from their 1971 album Dog of Two Head, the rockin' fury of 'Mean Girl' is next, with the pounding message of 'Don't Drive My Car' ("This is a song written by Rick or Andrew some time ago ..." - Rossi) following closely behind.
'Softer Ride,' from their 1979 album Hello is next, with 'Beginning of the End,' a song that was the first track on their 2007 album, In Search of the Fourth Chord next. The song is as pure Quo as anything they've ever released. 'Is There A Better Way,' from their 1976 album Blue For You album is next, but (sadly) Parfitt's vocals don't quite punch the urgency into the song. Or, maybe the song's just a little bit crap, in all honesty?!
Quo's very first hit single, the psychedelic-flavored 'Pictures of Matchstick Men' is next with the Marty Wilde penned 'Ice in the Sun' coming next. And for a song that was released back in 1968 and climbed to #8 it still holds the musical attention today, trust me. It simply flows along and Rossi's voice is - at this stage - still in fine form.
A strong boogie line opens up and brings with it, for my money, one of the best Quo songs EVER! 'The Oriental,' from their under-rated Heavy Traffic album is just brilliant and encompasses Quo's musical power to a tee. 'Creepin' Up On You,' another cut from that same album is a fun, bouncy guitar-along if ever there was, but sung by Rick Parfitt doesn't (again) pack the punch that it should/could. The beautiful 'Living on an Island,' a single released way back in 1979 shows Rossi still has the chops, but seems to strain a few times.
The pounding guitar solo opening of 'Down Down,' one of Status Quo's two #1 singles in the UK Singles Chart is next with their classic 'Roll Over Lay Down' (another track from their aforementioned album Hello) right behind it.
A haunting, slow 'n creeping guitar solo opening to 'Whatever You Want' suddenly springs the song into life before the lyrics begin, but it's obvious Rossi's vocal range has indeed taken a strain over the show - or, perhaps the many, oh so many years. The album ends with a song first released in 1977, which hit #5 in the UK charts, and yet is probably Quo's most recognizable song, 'Rockin' All Over the World.'